Second Chance for Diesel & Sis
To: Everyone at the Animal Shelter
A letter from Sis.. 9-11-2009
To: everyone at the Animal Shelter
I want to say thank you for keeping "DIESEL" around as long as you did. He is an awesome dog, why no one adopted him, before now surprises me. Something about him just "clicked" with me. In just the few days I have been with him, he has become a part of me. He goes wherever I go. He loves riding in the truck beside me and laid out beside me at night.
About a week before I came across Diesel, I was looking at a puppy a guy I work with had. His dog had a litter of "Pug" mixed puppies. But the thing about puppies is, training and teaching them. I started thinking more and more about how puppies can get a home more likely than a grown dog. I thought of all the dogs that didn't get a second chance, because they were already grown. So, I made up my mind that I was going to find a dog that deserved to live his or her life to the fullest. I went to your website and was looking through the dogs listed and came across Diesel who was sitting in the corner in every picture you posted, (just like he was when I went to see him).
I noticed he had "urgent" by his name and I figured it meant of two things, ONE being the worst (he might have been put to sleep), and TWO being the best (there was still time). So ten minutes later I was out the door on my way to see what the deal was . After I asked questions about him and found that he had been there since June 1, I was completely surprised. The fact he was housebroke, made no sense as to why no one wanted him.
Maybe it was fate, we were supposed to be companions. I couldn't be more happy that he is in my life. I feel really good when I have him with me. I am probably the happiest I have been in a long time and when he looks at me, I grin and giggle with happiness rushing over me!
DIESEL at the shelter
If a child loves animals, they all at some point in time have the request, "I want a puppy or kitten". When I was about 8 years old our family decided we wanted a pet. We were so excited, there was no mention of a puppy, just a dog. Of course back in the 60's, being one of six kids in a middle class family, a pet meant one more mouth to feed, not so much a companion to my parents. Just the same, we piled in the back seat of the car and off to the pound we went.
Looking back I recognize my mother was a wise woman. My two sisters, brother and I stayed in the car while she went in to search for our new family member, as her intention was to find one dog! After what seemed an eternity, she returned to the car with a beautiful dog, a mix of English Setter and mutt, that we named "Tricksy". I remember asking her about all the different dogs she saw and what made her pick Tricksy, her reply, "she was the quite and friendly one". Tricksy lived up to my mothers description and made the perfect pet.
Ten years ago my daughter Patricia wanted a kitten. For her ninth birthday I went to the Humane Society to find one. I remembered the criteria my mother had (calm and friendly) in her selection of Tricksy and applied the same to my search. The difference in my case was, Sis was to be the sole caretaker, without other siblings pitching in.
"Nikki", is what she named her kitten, but, it was soon apparent I was the caretaker. Nikki was calm and somewhat friendly, but wasn't very playful like most kittens are. He didn't "click" with her. So I had a new kitten!
This week when my daughter announced she wanted a puppy that someone brought to work, I told her my goal was to empty our nest, not add to it. I reminded her that puppies were akin to babies, they needed alot of attention and training, but did not wear diapers! A puppy would be a full time position. I advised her to think hard about her want for a puppy for a few days.
I was at work when she called to tell me of her decision not to get the puppy. I was relieved and commended her on her decision. She asked, "would you be upset if I got a dog from the pound"? I said there were alot of nice animals that need good homes and when she was in a position to get a pet that would be a good place to go. She then said "I already got one"!
Diesels new life:)
It is now 3 days since "Diesel" was adopted and he has won everyone over, except maybe her boyfriend, who I believe, is a tad bit jealous of her new found friend.
I am proud of my daughter and her decision. She now realizes there are so many dogs and cats in the Animal Shelters and Humane Societies, that are in need of good homes. Her images and memories of the shelter will always remind her how fortunate Diesel is now to have a new home and someone who cares. I feel certain these organizations have a strong voice with my daughter when she shares her story of Diesel. I hope more people will look to adopt dogs and cats when they are looking for a companion that truly appreciates a second chance!
Why do pets end up in the shelters?
There are a lot of reasons why there are so many dogs, kittens and pets in need of a home. I added pets to the statement because, so many dogs and cats end up homeless. People don't think when they bring home puppies and kittens. They soon grow larger and mature. The need for attention and discipline increases, neutering & spaying needs strong consideration and proper diet, exercise and medical requirements increase. Having a pet is part of your life 24 hours a day.
Without people who are willing to take on puppies and kittens from unspayed or neutered animals, born from unplanned litters, they end up in the pound and shelters. These animals never have the opportunity to a life in a loving home.
If not adopted within a certain amount of time, both orphans from litters and deserted pets from their owners, are put down. This unnecessary nightmare could be reduced if people were responsible, before and after the decision of ownership. People need to be mature about the realities of pet ownership before they get caught up in the moment. Owning a pet is a life commitment for both pet and owner.
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